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Standards and Specifications: Buying Standards That UB Does Not Own

Please contact us first to see if we might have the standard you need here at UB or if it might be possible for us to secure a copy via InterLibrary Loan.. If not, another option for you may be to directly purchase the item. See details below.

Purchasing Standards from ANSI

Many standards, both national and international, can be purchased directly from the American National Standards Institute. ANSI is a private non-profit organization that oversees the development of voluntary consensus standards for products, services, processes, systems, and personnel in the United States. The organization also coordinates U.S. standards with international standards.

ANSI sells not only its own standards but also the standards of many other agencies, organizations, and countries through its online Standards Store at

Purchasing Standards from Commercial Vendors

Or you can make use of a number of commercial services that sell standards.

  • IHS Markit Standards Store - IHS Markit is a commercial clearinghouse for current and historical engineering specifications, standards, and technical documents from hundreds of standards-developing organizations worldwide, including ISO and JIS, for example. A full list of available publishers can be accessed at Through the company's Website, you can search the company's database of available standards by standard number or title keyword and order standards online.
  • Techstreet - Standards information and catalogs for many of the various standards-issuing organizations are available at this site. Standards may be ordered online, in electronic or hard copy format. A partial listing of available publishers can be found at
  • SAI Global - This vendor also provides various global standards for purchase online, in hard copy or electronically. A partial listing of publishers covered in SAI Global can be found at

Engineering Librarian

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Nancy Schiller
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